The three most important skills in corrections are report writing, the ability to ‘read’ nonverbal communication, and the ability to communicate. Sounds simple? It takes years of training, watching, and the ability to want to learn. Report writing is essencial. We have become far to reliant on electronic means for spell check and grammar. You should have noticed there are already two spelling and grammar errors here: ‘essencial’ and ‘to,’ easy to overlook but sloppy in a report. A report can lose a case in court, can have your statement thrown out of the Lieutenant’s basket, or can make your entire department appear disorganized, ignorant, and incompetent.
As the saying goes, “If it is not written down, it did not happen
A southern Illinois judge has issued a temporary halt to Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close several prisons and juvenile justice facilities.
The ruling came at the request of the state’s largest employee union, which asked Alexander County Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness to block the closures. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees argued that the closures would put prison employees’ safety at risk, citing already crowded conditions at prisons across the state.
The move follows last week’s ruling by an arbitrator that Quinn violated the state’s contract with
With four months still remaining, 2012 is already the deadliest year in more than a decade in Texas prisons.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has reported 10 homicides this year, up from only three in 2011. There were five in 2010 and just one in 2009, according to agency figures.
“It’s definitely jumped out at us,” Bruce Toney, the agency’s inspector general, said of the increase. “It definitely has not been an average year.”
The homicides don’t appear to be connec
For 12 years, virtually the only exposure Troy Anderson has had to the
outdoors has come in a 90-square-foot room.
At one end of the room are two slits in the wall that are 6-inches wide and
5-feet tall. The slits are covered with metal grates. On one wall of the room is
a chin-up bar.
This, Colorado Department of Corrections officials argued in a lawsuit Anderson filed, satisfied the constitutional requirement that Anderson, a prisoner at the Colorado State Penitentiary, be
given outdoor exercise opportunities.
In a ruling issued last week, a federal
No Excuse for Cruel and Unusual Prisoner Punishment
If you are reading this anywhere in America, you know firsthand that this summer has been a record-breaking sizzler. We could be living though the hottest summer season ever.
Think about what you’ve done to keep cool. You’ve turned on your air conditioner, or (if you don’t have one) maybe you’ve gone to the movies to cool off. You probably drink lots of ice-cold beverages or jump into a swimming pool or coo
A federal judge signed off Monday on the settlement of a lawsuit that will cost Sacramento County taxpayers $300,000 because the Sheriff’s Department was not allowing distribution to inmates of a legal publication designed for prisoners.
The county has agreed to pay that amount to Prison Legal News within 60 days.
In addition, the monthly journal will be delivered to inmate subscribers at the Main Jail and Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. The department, however, will remove staples that bind the magazines and the address labels before delivery.
The state’s prison system is offering a $3,000 signing bonus for new guards in hopes of filling latest in series of shortages
It’s been 147 years since slavery was abolished in the United States, but one man believes a Vermont prison treated him as if he were back in the 1800s. Finbar McGarry has filed a lawsuit against the state’s prison system and a number of prison officials, alleging they violated his 13th Amendment rights — under which all Americans are guaranteed freedom from “slavery or involuntary servitude.”
McGarry, in the $11 million lawsuit, claims he was forced to work for hardly any pay under unsafe conditions at a Vermont jail. According to CBS, he was arrested for a domestic disturbance in December 2008. He spent six weeks in prison
Appellant Patrick Earl Conely, an inmate confined in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), who is appearing pro se and in forma pauperis, appeals the dismissal of his suit against the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and Candace Moore. Because we conclude that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in dismissing Conely’s suit pursuant to chapter 14 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, we will affirm. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem.Code Ann. §§ 14.001–.014 (West 2002).